Chris Rock Prepares for Netflix’s First-Ever Live Standup Special

Chris Rock Prepares for Netflix’s First-Ever Live Standup Special

Chris Rock Prepares for Netflix’s First-Ever Live Standup Special

Brooklyn comedian Chris Rock is about to do something that has never been done before. His next scheduled Netflix special will be recorded and shown live.

According to Netflix, Rock will do the streaming giant’s very first live special. The legendary writer, director, and actor will be the first artist to perform live for Netflix’s first-ever live, global streaming event. This live special is tentatively scheduled to take place in early 2023. Exact details and date will be revealed at a later date. 

“Chris Rock is one of the most iconic and important comedic voices of our generation,” said Robbie Praw, Netflix Vice President of Stand-up and Comedy Formats in a written statement. “We’re thrilled the entire world will be able to experience a live Chris Rock comedy event and be a part of Netflix history. This will be an unforgettable moment and we’re so honored that Chris is carrying this torch.”

This set will take place 5 years after Rock’s first Netflix comedy special. The streaming company released Chris Rock: Tamborine in February 2018. 

The year has been a good one for Rock after beginning with, perhaps the biggest controversy in Academy Awards history when he was assaulted on stage in front of a live audience.

While Rock was on stage at the Oscar presentation, he jokingly referred to Jada Pinkett-Smith, who was sporting a bald head as G.I. Jane (Demi Moore starred in the movie and wore her head bald for the role). As Rock looked directly at Jada sitting at a table with her husband, Will Smith, the comedian blurts out, “Jada, I love ya. G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see it. Alright?”

Apparently, that hit a sore spot as there were some gasps in the audience and the camera shows Jada not at all happy that Rock made that statement. Reacting to the crowd, Rock then states, “That was a nice one!” and quickly tried to get back to the presentation.

Initially, it looked as if Will was ok with the joke, but, obviously, it affected him so much that he got up from his seat and approached Rock on stage. As Will gets closer, he smacks Rock in the face, stunning the comedian as well as the world.

After controversy and being suspended by the Academy for 10 years, Smith released an apology to Rock.

Chris Rock Prepares for Netflix’s First-Ever Live Standup Special

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